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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 211, December 1-3, 1853

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Identifier: DX03932124

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 211, December 1-3, 1853

Description: Describes visiting Mrs. Kidder and hearing news of Lotty Kidder, who has moved to Washington.



1 Thursday. In-doors, drawing all day. “Picayune” pictorial. Hewel [George Yewell] & [Alfred] Waud came up at noon, and earlier [Charles] Welden. / Evening reading [Thomas] Carlyle’s Essays. Nibelungen Lied, Burns, Murabeau.

2. Friday. [Frank] Hillard called, having yester-night arrived, from Milwaukee. He’s now residing with a brother [Oliver Hillard] 91, West 12th, and projects abiding the winter in New York. / I down town, Picayune, Office, [Edwin] Weeds, tailors, Wells & Webbs, Goslings. Return, room &c dined. Evening, Mr Alcock came for me. To Spruce Street with him, then by 3rd Avenue cars to Prince Street. To [William] Levisons. He & [Thad] Glover there. Talks about drawings. Left them, walked down Broadway, supped and to room. Wrote a long letter to Samuel [Gunn, Jr.].

3. Saturday. Down town, to Post Office & other places, breakfasting at Goslings. Return by noon, and drawing all the afternoon. [Alfred] Waud came up by 5, and left soon. Took a meal at Erfords, amid a haze of Saturday night’s tobacco-smoke and loud talking Englishmen; then walked up the brisk cold clear Broadway night to Prince Street to Levison’s, leaving a drawing with him. Thence, to the Gymnasium, where I found all the fellows as of old, Gymnastic Cadets, [J.A.] Bogert & among ‘em putting on their theatricals for parade. Gave up key to John Wood, got things there left & return to room. Thence to Beach Street, where I found Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] and [Moses] Morse playing Euchre together. Sate and talked, or rather was talked to. Got my $10 re-paid. Lotty [Kidder] has gone to Washington, so she writes, the Baltimore company broken up, she singing or playing. What a curious parade of mother and daughter affections the two play at in their letters, both too so utterly hollow and selfish! Mrs K parades imagined feelings in Lotty, talks how [John] Whytal endeavoured to “stab her through slandering her mother’s fair fame,” how “she bore with him for

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-01

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Women
Books and reading


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